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Hi Jim,

Thank you so much for your quick reply.  What does an 800 mean on a silverware or flatware mark?  Does it mean 80% silver?  I looked at the marks that you had listed and I couldn't find my marks in your list.  I'll keep trying.
Thanks again,
Marsha

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Hi.

In several countries, especially in Europe, "800" does indicate 80% silver content. That's not as high as sterling (92.5%) but still significant. Such pieces will have more value than silver plate pieces. Value is generally pattern-specific but a minimum value is in the $20 to $35 range per piece for "800" pieces,depending on weight.

Jim

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Jim Stringer

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I answer questions about sterling flatware and other sterling pieces........... I answer value questions at http://whatisitworth.lovetoknow.com/questions/categories/silver. I also author a blog at http://www.SilverChatter.com and write articles about silver at http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/jim-stringer ........... Thanks to nominations from questioners, I'm listed in the Top 50 Experts for 2014 and 2015.......... NOTE: Please do not give me a verbal description of a pattern and ask me to identify it. Attach a picture if you need such help..........

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Buyer and seller of sterling pieces for over ten years. Author of the blog, www.SilverChatter.com. Sterling silver writer for www.Examiner.com.

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Examiner.com; SilverChatter.com; "Selling_Your_Silver: A Guide to Finding a Buyer and Getting a Good Price (www.lulu.com/spotlight/georgiasilver)

Education/Credentials
BS, University of Alabama; MS, University of Maryland

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